I missed this last month while I was out of commission, but a group of interfaith leaders met in Uppsala, Sweden in November, at the invitation of Church of Sweden Archbishop Anders Wejryd to address the concerns of global climate change. 26 opinion makers from different faith traditions signed the statement, calling on political leaders to reach agreement during the preparations of the new global Climate Protocol 2009 on a strategy that is sufficiently responsible and ambitious for the earth to be saved for future generations.
The group specifically asked world governments for:
- Rapid and large emission cuts in the rich world…
- Binding cuts for the rich world on top of their domestic obligations…
- Measurable, verifiable and reportable mitigation actions by developing countries, especially countries with fast growing economies.
- Massive transfers and sharing of important technology…
- Economic incentives for developing countries to foster cleaner development on a national scale.
- Adaptation to climate change.
For more information on the conference and the full statement, see:
- Uppsala Manifesto demands action on climate issues
(World Council of Churches)
- Interfaith Climate Manifesto (Church of Sweden)